Puerto Rico overcomes the Colombian challenge and advances to
LIMA, Peru, May 8, 2019 - Puerto Rico advanced to the semifinal
of the IV U21 Pan American Cup after defeating a challenging and
impetuous Colombian team with a score of 3-0 (25-16, 25-20,
33-31 ) at the Manuel Bonilla Coliseum in Miraflores.
The match was highlighted by very intense rallies, in which
both teams showed the best of their defense; but finally the
experience of the Puerto Ricans led them to victory and to
approach their classification to the U21 Men's World
Pedro Molina, Johan León and Ventura Peluzzo added 19, 15 and
10 points, respectively, each to the triumph of their team. For
Colombia, the highest score came from its captain, Jharold
Caicedo with 9 units.
The winning team got 6 direct service points and dominated in
attack (49-28), but was overtake by Colombia (9-6) in blocks.
Francisco Negrón, coach of Puerto Rico: Colombia is a young team
but very tall and athletic, but the guys followed the
instructions and we got the result. We did not expect to get to
go to stage, I am very happy for the work that everyone is
Carlos Osorio, Colombian technical director: After defeating
Chile yesterday, we arrived very motivated for today's games
because it was something we did not expect. Today we also wanted
to give the surprise, it was not achieved but we are happy, many
positive things, others for working but that's what we came for,
to learn and gain the greatest experience.
With today's result, Puerto Rico is among the four best of the
competition and this Friday, May 10 will measure forces against
Canada in a valid duel for the pass to the grand final.